incrediBILL - 7:22 pm on Mar 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
As incrediBill mentioned, they used to have more exclusive brands in the past.
Since it appears I'm already being credited for making salient points in a conversation I've yet to participate in it's only fitting I stop by and drop in my $0.02 worth.
Someone already mentioned appliances but when I was a kid growing up in a small rural KS town, EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE, had Kenmore appliances and Craftsman tools. My grandparents had a warranty on their Kenmore fridge and made them come do annual maintenance on it like clockwork just to make sure they got their money's worth!
The Sears catalog was the "wish book", the place you wished for stuff you couldn't afford, the catalog where you saw your first pics of ladies in <gasp> underwear, and in the end (pun intended), some of those catalogs did find their way into the few remaining outhouses of the day.
Yes, I have actually used outhouses. Even stayed overnight at friends when I was a kid that still had an outhouse and I'll tell you what, that's a summertime thing because nobody wants to go to the outhouse in the middle of a KS winter. For obvious reasons of a lack of plumbing nature, we became seasonal friends.
Anyway, Sears also owns K-Mart which is now also suffering at the hands of Target, Walmart. etc. and closing stores. Our 2 local K-marts are thriving however but it's strange as they have been adopted by the local Spanish speaking population opposed to the Target stores located about a mile away from both K-marts. It's like stepping into a truly Mexican store south of the border as I couldn't even get help from employees who acted like I was the one speaking a foreign language! LOL
Ah, the adventures in California living!